The Tragically Hip – Road Apples (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1991/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Tragically Hip – Road Apples (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1991/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:44:45 minutes | 2,21 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Music Canada – Catalog (Domestic)

The expansive deluxe editions of the release are jam-packed with rare and more previously unreleased and never heard before pieces of music chronicling The Tragically Hip’s Road Apples era, including: Road Apples, the original album re-mastered in 2021 by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville. Saskadelphia, as released earlier this year. Live At The Roxy Los Angeles, May 3rd, 1991, originally recorded for a Westwood One radio show, often bootlegged and sought after by fans for many years. It has been re-mastered and expanded and includes the rare “Killer Whale Tank” version of “New Orleans Is Sinking.” This legendary Roxy show is now a double vinyl album. This album is available exclusively in physical product. Also, Hoof-Hearted, an album of previously unreleased demos, outtakes, and alternate versions.

The Tragically Hip have always taken a certain modest pride in their Canadian roots. The group wanted to title their third album “Saskadelphia,” but the record label found it “too Canadian.” The group then suggested Road Apples, local slang for frozen horse-droppings, and the record label, unaware of its meaning, liked it. Don’t let the title fool you; Road Apples is some of the best of the Hip’s best work. Recorded in New Orleans under the watchful eyes of producers Don Smith and Bruce Barris, Road Apples is a more polished effort than the group’s previous two albums. Smith and Barris have created a cleaner, more efficient sound that complements lead singer Gord Downie’s manic energy. Equally impressive is the work of guitarist Bobby Baker. The Southern twang on “Twist My Arm” as well as the raw power of “Little Bones” and “Long Time Running” illustrate Baker’s skill and dexterity. The ballad “Fiddler’s Green” is a pleasant departure and is as effective as any of the other tracks on the album. All in all, the straight-ahead roots rock of Road Apples is a perfect example of why the Tragically Hip are legends north of the 49th parallel. American audiences have yet to catch on, but they would be doing themselves a favor by not stepping aside Road Apples.
– Jon Azpiri

1-01. The Tragically Hip – Little Bones (2021 Remaster) (04:46)
1-02. The Tragically Hip – Twist My Arm (2021 Remaster) (03:55)
1-03. The Tragically Hip – Cordelia (2021 Remaster) (04:10)
1-04. The Tragically Hip – The Luxury (2021 Remaster) (03:40)
1-05. The Tragically Hip – Born In The Water (2021 Remaster) (03:25)
1-06. The Tragically Hip – Long Time Running (2021 Remaster) (04:24)
1-07. The Tragically Hip – Bring It All Back (2021 Remaster) (04:40)
1-08. The Tragically Hip – Three Pistols (2021 Remaster) (03:49)
1-09. The Tragically Hip – Fight (2021 Remaster) (05:59)
1-10. The Tragically Hip – On The Verge (2021 Remaster) (03:55)
1-11. The Tragically Hip – Fiddler’s Green (2021 Remaster) (04:24)
1-12. The Tragically Hip – The Last Of The Unplucked Gems (2021 Remaster) (02:04)
2-01. The Tragically Hip – Ouch (03:10)
2-02. The Tragically Hip – Not Necessary (03:01)
2-03. The Tragically Hip – Montreal (Live) (03:49)
2-04. The Tragically Hip – Crack My Spine Like A Whip (03:11)
2-05. The Tragically Hip – Just As Well (02:35)
2-06. The Tragically Hip – Reformed Baptist Blues (03:30)
3-01. The Tragically Hip – Cordelia (Outtake) (04:18)
3-02. The Tragically Hip – Bring It All Back (February 1990 Demo) (04:49)
3-03. The Tragically Hip – Fiddler’s Green (Alternate Version) (04:54)
3-04. The Tragically Hip – Fight (Outtake) (06:08)
3-05. The Tragically Hip – Born In The Water (Outtake) (03:29)
3-06. The Tragically Hip – Little Bones (Alternate Acoustic Version) (01:29)
3-07. The Tragically Hip – If You Lived Here (June 1990 Demo) (03:47)
3-08. The Tragically Hip – Angst On The Planks (Demo Version Of Cordelia) (03:23)
3-09. The Tragically Hip – The Last Of The Unplucked Gems (Full Length Version) (03:47)


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